The Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program is now accepting applications for the program beginning in January 2011. Space is limited, so contact your local office soon for an application. Information about the program can be found on the CCE Warren County website.
After enrolling, you are provided with a large binder of information and reference material for the course that supplements the weekly presentations from Cornell University faculty, Cooperative Extension staff, and local experts on a wide range of horticultural topics. The topics include: Basic Botany, Entomology, Soils, Home Lawn Care, Vegetable and Fruit Gardening, Composting, Organic Gardening, among others. Local regional training is held in Ballston Spa (saratoga County) on Mondays from late January to mid April.
Upon completion of the 12-week lecture series, volunteers receive a Cornell Soil pH Test Kit that will be useful as they begin the real portion of the training. Master Gardeners are relied upon to help answer the volume of calls that County Extension offices handle during the gardening season. Master Gardener volunteers also provide gardening information to community groups, school children, and the gardening public through lectures, pH soil clinics, demonstration gardens, articles in a monthly newsletter, and garden workshops.
Master Gardeners are also provided with advanced training and are encouraged to attend state and regional conferences as well as Master Gardener sponsored garden tours.
For more information please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County: 518-623-3291 or 518-668-4881, or check the CCE website.
Photo: Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers – Warren County, NY at a Master Gardener meeting and presentation at Wiawaka Holiday House and Artist Retreat, Lake George, NY. July 2010. From left to right: Behind the tree: Russell Hilliard, Tom O’Dea. Crouched down in front: Diana Signe Kline, Pat Fitzgerald. Across in front of tree: Gayle Oakes (Master Gardener, Saratoga County, NY and Landscaper at Wiawaka Holiday House—in aqua ‘T’), Jean Lavoo (pink ‘T’), Chris Dittus, Julie Nathanson, Sandy Vanno, Bonnie Vicki, Ruth Fruda, Jane Wilshere, Sharon Stevenson, Cheryl Inglis. Photo by Christine Dixon, Executive Director, Wiawaka Holiday House.